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Knitted toys are among our top rewards!
Knitted toys are among our top rewards!

Hi. I'm Ned Langman, creator of fungooms.com, a free, online Flash-based website featuring simple games and animated stories for very young children (though I have had many confessions from grown-ups saying they've lost hours playing the games too!). Fungooms has been online for about two years and has gained the affection of many parents and children worldwide.

The Fungooms website offers a gentle and enjoyable learning experience for toddlers. None of the games have scores or penalties for getting things wrong, but there are plenty of rewards for discovering things and working things out.

I grew up watching fantastic shows like Bagpuss, Charlie Brown, Sesame Street, The Moomins, The Clangers etc. When I started having my own children a few years ago, I discovered that, even though I was a grown man, I still liked these shows! I think their appeal was that they didn't talk down to children and parents could enjoy watching them with their kids.

Motivated by an absence of this type of entertainment, I dreamed up The Fungooms, caretakers of a great mystical forest populated by a vast array of strange, wonderful (and funny) creatures. I originally planned it as a series of stories or even a tv show, but breaking into that industry is tough, so I used my knowledge of video games to turn The Fungooms into an online experience.

It has since become a lot more popular than I ever imagined it would, and this has opened up the possibility of bringing Fungooms onto mobile devices.

How you can help support The Fungooms!

I'm looking for your help to kickstart the development of a series of Fungooms apps, starting with the iPad and iPhone, and if that's successful, porting to Android and other devices.

The target money I require will help me to create the first of these. The app will feature games from the website along with games exclusive to the iPad which will make use of all the cool things you can do with the touch screen and accelerometer etc.

More About Me...

Over the last 25 years I have worked as an artist and designer on many published video games including those seen below. I have experience on all the well known consoles and platforms, but my heart belongs to the good old days of gaming when they were inventive, fun, often hilarious and experimental. Last year, I self-financed and published my first iOS app, Space Junk, my personal love letter to retro games!

Rewards!

There's a whole bunch of great Fungooms related goodies available at all pledge levels. These are all totally exclusive to this Kickstarter project. Here's a few of the highlights...

The Fungooms album A signed limited edition copy of the Fungooms album, a collection of new songs and improved versions of favourites from the website. I've been playing this CD in the car to my kids and they love it! You can preview two of the songs below.

Mock up of how the cd will look when finished.
Mock up of how the cd will look when finished.

Cuddly Toys My wife is furiously knitting a whole bunch of these to give away to our top backers. Don't fear though, you can make your own Beeny, Bodmin or Looe as long as you, (or obliging family member or friend) can knit. We can provide complete kits containing everything you will need or just the pattern if you would prefer.

Knitted Beeny, Bodmin and Looe
Knitted Beeny, Bodmin and Looe

Multimedia CD I'm going to cram as much Fungooms-related stuff as I can onto this CD. There'll be wallpapers, audio out-takes, and I've also scanned all my sketches and notes that I doodled when coming up with the ideas for Fungooms.

Above: Three of about fifty pages of scribblings
Above: Three of about fifty pages of scribblings

Risks and challenges

My major concern in getting Fungooms onto iOS is the potential scale of work involved. I had the hope of doing an iOS version way back when I first published the Fungooms website, but I've added a lot of content to the site since then, and it's grown way beyond its original design.

It is deceptively large. Despite having lots of simple looking games, there is a lot of variety. Each mini game poses it's own quirky challenges. It has taken me almost three years and many tears to develop what you see there now!

I had a few quotes on the cost of porting the entire content to iPad, and it was way beyond what I could afford. Even with a Kickstarter campaign, it is unlikely that I will raise the amount needed to convert the whole website. Another issue is that I am constantly adding content to the site, so even if it was ported in its entirety now, by the time the app came out, there would be lots more content on the site not featured in the app.

The structure of the website lends itself to an elegant solution. As the games are divided into sections devoted to each character, I've decided to produce a series of Fungooms apps, some free and some modestly priced, each app being based around one character.

I am seeking funding then, to develop an app based around one of the most popular characters. At the moment, it's a close competition between Bodmin and Beeny, but I welcome opinions from potential backers on which character would be best to do first.

My long term hope is that once the first app is out there, it will facilitate the development of further Fungooms apps and maybe even help me realise the ultimate dream to grow the Fungooms brand, publish children's books, and even create a pitch for a tv show!

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    Pledge £1 or more About $1.60

    Thank you! We shall show your name on our special thank you page which will be displayed in a prominent position in the app and on the Fungooms website.

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    A copy of the game when it is released, and a thank you as mentioned above.

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    We will create an animation of Mena personally thanking you all by name. This will be voiced by Susy, the narrator of all the stories on the website - The sequence will be shown on the website and in the app - you'll also get a copy of the game.

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    Fungoom cuddly toy knitting patterns. Can you knit, or do you have a talented relative with itchy knitting fingers? These illustrated colour knitting patterns provide all the instructions needed to recreate the cuddly toys we have designed. We will send you the patterns for Beeny, Bodmin and Looe.

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    Pledge £20 or more About $32

    A multimedia cd-rom featuring wallpapers, scans of all the original concept sketches and notes, audio out-takes, and funny things.

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    Pledge £35 or more About $56

    A limited edition audio cd album, signed by the composer, aka me! Featuring fully expanded, reworked and remixed versions of the music that accompanies the games on the website. This will never be obtainable in any other way. It is totally exclusive to this Kickstarter campaign! Over 1 hour of songs! An eclectic mix of fun pop tunes and mellow bedtime music. You can hear excerpts from this album in the parent's section of the website.

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    Pledge £40 or more About $64

    A cuddly toy kit for a Fungoom character of your choice (Beeny, Bodmin or Looe). The kit will contain everything you need to make the toy, including knitting pattern, yarn, wooden knitting needles etc.

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    Pledge £45 or more About $72

    An exclusive, limited edition hand-made, beautifully-knitted cuddly Beeny toy with button up removable jumper. And, a copy of the game. And the CD album.

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    Pledge £50 or more About $80

    An exclusive, limited edition hand-made, beautifully-knitted cuddly Bodmin toy with button up removable dungarees and t-shirt. And a copy of the game. And the CD album.

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    Pledge £80 or more About $128

    Cuddly toy kits for Beeny, Bodmin and Looe. These kits contain everything you need, including pattern, yarn, wooden knitting needles etc.

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    Pledge £90 or more About $144

    An exclusive, limited edition hand-made, beautifully-knitted cuddly Looe with removable button up dress, shoes and leggings. And a copy of the game. And the CD album.

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    Pledge £100 or more About $160

    You and/or your child get to design your own creature for Fungoom Forest. The Fungooms live in an ancient, mystical forest populated by all sorts of strange and wonderful creatures. Provide a sketch, name and list some characteristics of your own creature. Anything goes, so long as it's suitable for children! The image and profile will be be displayed on the Fungooms website.

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    Pledge £400 or more About $642

    All three limited edition Fungooms knitted cuddly toys. Bodmin, Beeny and Looe.

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    Pledge £1,000 or more About $1,604

    Massive Fungoom bumper pack! All three knitted toys in colours of your choice, the signed cd album of Fungooms music, the multimedia cd, a chance to design your own Forest Creature, a copy of the game on release, and a very special "Fungoom Forest Caretaker" mention at the top of the credits.

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